“Black Box” Features Lead Female Character with Bipolar Disorder

This month abc is premiering a new show called Black Box featuring Kelly Reilly as a leading neurologist with a big secret; she has bipolar disorder. 

This move by a big network name would be more surprising if it weren’t for showtime’s six emmy winning hit Homeland, a drama featuring Claire Danes as a CIA officer who (you guessed it) also has bipolar disorder.

I believe this interest in characters living with mental illness is both because of the increase in exposure Americans are having to celebrities, charities, and positive media concerning bipolar disorder, as well as the evolution of American television anti-heros. Let’s face it, we love it when our main characters have a secret to struggle with (i.e. Dexter, Breaking Bad, etc).

Really, whatever the reason, bipolar disorder is about to be back in the spotlight, and with abc’s new show it will be available for more people to watch than ever before.

Personally, I would say that I was a little confused by the initial preview I saw (a commercial on tv) as I am always a little skeptical about how realistically portrayed bipolar disorder is on television, but I checked out a few clips on the website and saw character Catherine Black displaying several symptoms I have personally experienced (and experience regularly).

At any rate, this is something you may want to keep on your radar. The first episode airs on Thursday, April 24th at 10, so check it out!

12 responses to ““Black Box” Features Lead Female Character with Bipolar Disorder

  1. Reblogged this on Its BiPolar Bettie and commented:
    Keep your peepers open for this potentially good show!

  2. I have given you the “I am part of the Word Press Family Award” please pass it on 🙂

  3. Thanks for the heads up- I’ll definitely check it out…

  4. Thanks so much for the website! The lead looks like a young Hollywood Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison!

  5. I’m definitely going to withhold judgment until after it’s out… but I’m not sure I’m optimistic either. :/

  6. I have been seeing previews on TV that piqued my interest by never looked into it and now I will definitely have to find some way to watch it. Thanks! 😀

  7. Thanks for the heads up! I will definitely check it out 🙂

  8. Hmmm, I have mixed feelings about this. I haven’t watched Homeland but in the past, the media have not done all that well in portraying mental illness realistically.

    But like you, I liked some of the clips where I saw her doing things I have done, and you can tell from the look on her face that she’s aware of what she’s doing but still can’t stop. I hate that feeling, and that does seem to come across.

  9. the lead character reads like a combo of Jamison and Alice Flaherty (The Midnight Disease.)

  10. The show was SO over the top with everything except one thing. How it actually “feels” when you are really manic/psychotic. I’ve been there & it scared me because I found myself hoping it would happen again so I actually skipped my meds this morning,

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